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Oil-Free Salad Dressing | 3-Ingredients

If you’ve been looking for an easy vegan dressing that can be whipped up in about 2-minutes flat, we’ve got you covered. This oil-free 3-ingredient dressing is fabulous on more than salads too.

Oil-free salad dressing on a garden salad in white bowl
Simple 3-ingredient salad dressing that is great on pasta and beans salads as well.

This plant-based oil-free salad dressing is great on pasta and bean salads, as well as regular garden salads. With only three ingredients required, it’s likely you’ve already got everything needed on-hand.

You’re going to love this healthy oil-free salad dressing because it’s…

  • Super easy
  • Only 3 ingredients
  • Easily customizable
  • Healthy
  • Light
  • Delicious

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3-2-1 Esselstyn Dressing Ingredients:

oil-free vegan salad dressing ingredients in 3 bowls
Vinegar, mustard, and maple syrup are the only 3 ingredients.

A full list of ingredients, measurements, instructions, and a print button can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

Tips, substitutions, and tweaks

Another great thing is that these ingredients can be switched out with other variations if desired. For instance, though the recipe calls for balsamic vinegar, other vinegar such as pomegranate, red wine, as well as others can be substituted.

The same goes for the mustard. I personally like Dijon in this dressing, but brown spicy, yellow, and others would likely be delicious too.

If maple syrup isn’t a favorite for you, try agave, brown rice syrup, or another sweetener of your choice.

oil free, 3 ingredient vegan salad dressing in white bowl beside bread
Whether served on a garden salad, bean salad, or pasta salad, this stuff is amazing!

Other recipes this oil-free vegan dressing goes well with

Recently, I demoed Easy 4-Bean Salad in a Food for Life class I was teaching, and I decided to use this dressing instead of the regular Italian dressing called for in the recipe. It was amazing and got rave reviews from class participants. Everyone was delighted to see that it was so easy to make.

Four Bean Salad with vegan salad dressing
Easy 4-Bean Salad that we make in Food for Life classes is a great recipe to use this 3-2-1 dressing in. Click photo to see full bean recipe.

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Pasta salads are another great option for this dressing. This Easy Vegan Pasta Salad is a terrific recipe that calls for a very similar dressing, but 3-2-1 Dressing could easily be substituted to make it even simpler.

Easy Vegan Pasta Salad made with oil free vegan salad dressing
Easy Vegan Pasta Salad is a great recipe for 3-2-1 Dressing.

So who is Esselstyn?

Esselstyn 3-2-1 Dressing was created by a chef named Jane Esselstyn. She is the daughter of Dr. B. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr., M.D., author of Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease.

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease book by Caldwell Esselstyn
Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. Click to view on Amazon. Links to Amazon.com are affiliate links. When you buy something through my links, I receive a commission that helps support this site which is greatly appreciated.

Jane Esselstyn is a fresh and charismatic voice on the plant-based, whole food diet. She brings her perspective and passion as a long-time health and sexuality educator to creating on-ramps to the plant-based way of life. Jane is an avid and inventive designer of plant-based recipes and the co-author of The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook with her next door neighbor and mom, Ann. —Esselstyn website

Other great salad dressings

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3-ingredient dressing

Oil-Free Salad Dressing | Esselstyn 3-2-1

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This recipe is great on pasta and bean salads, as well as regular garden salads. With only three ingredients required, it's likely you've already got everything needed on-hand.

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl, or shake up in a jar.  3-ingredient dressing
  2. Pour over garden salad, bean salad, or pasta salad.

Notes

Detailed instructions, in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 56Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gSodium: 412mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 1g

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Margo

Monday 21st of September 2020

I made the dressing for a 2nd time - each time I tripled the recipe as I’m a salad eater extraordinaire! Easy. Delish. Five star.

Kristi

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

This blew my mind and my taste buds. So very yummy! I made a side salad with a Quinoa and mushroom bake. The dressing seeped into the quinoa and oh my goodness was that good. I will be pouring the dressing over quinoa now too. Thank you!

Terri Edwards

Wednesday 26th of August 2020

Hi Kristi- Oh my, that sounds divine! This dressing is perfectly paired with quinoa. What a great accidental discovery. :D

sara

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

I love it, it's super easy and tasty. For how long can i store it?

Terri Edwards

Tuesday 4th of August 2020

Hi Sara- So glad that you like it! It should keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for at least 7-10 days.

Barb Burge

Friday 12th of June 2020

So yummy AND so quick/easy! Thank you!

Pamela

Monday 20th of April 2020

PERFECTION! So VERY Delicious! Cray that three ingredients are so great together and make a wonderfully delicious dressing! Thank you SO MUCH!